Pickled Pink in Paris
by PJ Peterson
December 1-31, 2021 Virtual Book Tour
But a young physician has the key to the case...
A dying man’s last word whispered in her ear: “...mushroom…”
When medical internist Julia Fairchild receives an invitation to Paris from her long-distance beau, Josh, she packs a bag, grabs her sister Carly, and jets off for the City of Lights. But once they arrive, death and suspicion take the place of champagne and escargot. Josh’s business partner is dying in the hospital, and the gendarmes are convinced Josh is behind it.
Naturally curious and driven to seek justice, Julia jumps at the chance to clear Josh’s name - but he doesn’t seem interested in proving his innocence. Is he hiding something? Will Julia uncover the true murderer and salvage what’s left of her Paris vacation, or is she next on the killer’s hit list?
If you love Louise Penny, Laura Child, and Sue Grafton, you’ll enjoy reading this fun-filled cozy mystery! Find out why fans say “It’s a must read!” Don’t wait…
This is the first novel I have read by Peterson. For me, the strength of the novel was the setting. I liked the idea of taking a chocolates class at Le Cordon Bleu and taking tango lessons. I also like the descriptions of the buildings, museums, and streets of Paris. I was surprised to find in the end note that Peterson had not actually visited Paris.
The weaknesses of the novel included the plot and characters. The plot was quite complex, involving software and business deception. I was confused by all the double dealing and never really understood what was going on. Late in the novel Carly says, “It still doesn't make sense to me.” (2940/3459) I felt the same way. There were lots of assumptions in the denouement, things not evident in the plot but having to be assumed in order to make the plot work. I was surprised the police and Josh were not more involved in protecting Julia after a dangerous experience. Of course, at breakfast alone, more trouble happens to her.
I appreciate the sisters traveling together. I was not infatuated with Josh and why Julia would travel all that way to be with him was beyond me. Josh seemed to be doing some business deal on the sly which I never understood. Julia was a good amateur sleuth, persistent in figuring out the murder. The Paris police came across as really inadequate. That Julia could question shop owners and find out information the police never thought to pursue was a bit unbelievable.
The series has potential so I will be watching for more from Peterson.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Finngirl, LLC
Publication Date: August 5th 2021
Number of Pages: 246
ISBN: 1733567518 (ISBN-13: 978-1733567510)
Series: Julia Fairchild Mysteries, Book 3
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
Read an excerpt:
She loved to read from a young age and read all the Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew books she could find. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she wrote anything longer than short stories for English classes and term papers in others. Writing mysteries only makes sense given her early exposure to that genre. Sprinkling in a little medical mystique makes it all the more fun.
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